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Old 03-12-2009, 07:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It could be one of three things - a foreign body he's trying to get out such as a thorn etc, an allergy or boredom. It's more likely a foreign object or an allergy. I would check his foot over and see if you can feel anything - you can't always - Arbie got a tiny slither of glass underneath his paw once - he was limping and kept biting and licking his paw. I felt everywhere but couldn't feel anything - the vet found it using a magnifier and got it out with tweezers. My last dog used to get seasonal allergies (from pollen etc) and he would lick his paws raw at times. I got into a regime of checking his eyes, ears and paws for any grass seeds etc and it seemed to help some. Hope you find out the cause soon so you can find a solution.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't want to scare you, but it really could be a sign of allergy or some other disease. Here - I've found an article to confirm my words. Perhaps you should consult your vet.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Stella just got back from the vet....she had licked her paw so much it was red.....vet said she probably had a thorn or something in there and started licking & just kept on licking!! He didn't find anything there, but she had a yeast infection....she has an ointment and antibiotics. Maybe you should go have it checked out.
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My male Bice was doing the same thing when we got him, we had changed his food over at the time. He ended up being allergic to chicken. So he is now on Lamb and Brown rice, since lamb is more sensitive. Bice no longer eats anything with chicken in it and he no longer licks or bites his paws.
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't have a Boxer that does this, but my male poodle who is sadly no longer around (I miss him dearly) did this almost all the time. It was determined that it was from outdoor spring/summer allergies. Anytime spring and summer was here he would start licking and biting his paws all the time. My female poodle is the same way and she will also do this during the spring and summer - it was also determined it was an outdoor allergy for her, she doesn't do it nearly as much as the male did, but she does do it quite a bit during this time of year.

With that being said, that could be what is bothering your dog as we are now in spring allergies are starting to arise. I have awful allergies, my mine have already started to be bothering me. My father's allergies are very mild, however his are starting to act up as well.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:52 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Mateo has contact and inhalant allergies. I find that rinsing his feet off in water and wiping them dry helps some. He gets benadryl also. He will get the yeast going also from licking and chewing on them., You need to check carefully in the underside of the foot in between the pads and see if he has anything hidden going on down there. Mateo will have an itchy yeasty rash going on down there sometimes. Epsom salt rise would help that or I also use Chlorhexiderm shampoo and rinse that off good. I have also used OxyFresh gel on his feet. It is actually a toothpaste/salve for dogs that won't hurt them when they lick it off. It really has helped those itchy feet.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:05 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Definitely sounds like a food allergy. Paw chewing is one of the number one signs of a food allergy in dogs. Switch to a Lamb and Brown Rice or Duck and Potato diet. These foods can usually be found in private dog food stores more often than one of the bigger chains.

Foot chewing is the majority of time caused by an allergy of some sort and mainly a sign of a food allergy.

The boredom chewing is not a typical reason for foot chewing and I am surprised a vet would say this was a reason as someone mentioned. However, what that vet should have mentioned is stressed dogs and dogs with anxiety issues will sometimes chew their feet.
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